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John Redwood's Diary · 6h ago

Strive Awards in Wokingham

On Friday I had the pleasure of giving out the Strive certificates to all those who have completed the business start up course organised by Wokingham Borough Council and their partners. Peo...
John Redwood's Diary · 17h ago

The role of junior Ministers

Under Labour junior Ministers spent most of their time it seemed on local and regional media and trade press. They tended to define the Ministers role as communication. If you went to a meet...
John Redwood's Diary · 17h ago

There is no cliff edge

I have been asked to write about the so called cliff edge if we leave the EU without a deal. That is easy to do. There is no cliff edge. It’s another of those silly metaphors that have chara...
John Redwood's Diary · 1d ago

EU asks for clarity on UK financial payments

I don’t understand why there is any lack of clarity on this simple subject. The UK owes our regular contributions up to the date of departure. The UK owes no contributions thereafter or spec...
John Redwood's Diary · 1d ago

Visit to National Grid

I had the pleasure of attending the National Grid graduation day for their interns. Under their theme of “Employability” they give young people a better chance of a future job by good intern...
John Redwood's Diary · 1d ago

UK Retail sales rise

The volume of retail sales was up 0.9% in June. We now know that in the first year post the Brexit vote retail sales increased by 2.9% in volume, confounding pessimistic forecasts. The value...
John Redwood's Diary · 1d ago

Why haven’t more UK businesses been able or willing to build long term businesses in France or Germany?

The single market was meant to promote good long term investment both ways across the Channel. The weakest type of business arrangement is an agreement to buy their exports. You can always s...
John Redwood's Diary · 2d ago

South West Trains – Reading to Waterloo

I had a meeting today with the new Franchise team for South West trains who take over in August 20th. I stressed to them the need for improved punctuality and reliability in the service. The...
John Redwood's Diary · 2d ago

News you do not hear on the media

“Pound rallies strongly by 7% against the dollar as investors see positives in Brexit.” (Pound up to $1.30 from low of $1.20) “UK economy grows 2% in year to end March 2017 as Brexit gives c...
John Redwood's Diary · 2d ago

How the single market got in the way of our art market

The UK art market is one of the big three in the world, coming second after New York and a little ahead of Hong Kong/Shanghai. 98% of the world’s expensive paintings are sold through one of ...